Chris Rock’s ‘entanglement’ Will Smith affair joke defined

Chris Rock pulled no punches whereas roasting Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on Saturday in his dwell Netflix particular, “Selective Outrage,” which included the comic’s most direct response but to that notorious Oscars slap.

But Rock went past simply addressing the second Will Smith smacked him onstage on the 94th Academy Awards. Live from Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre, the veteran comedian tore into the couple’s marital historical past and took photographs at Smith’s 2015 medical drama, “Concussion” — or was it “Emancipation”? (Rock briefly confused the 2 films whereas workshopping some contemporary anti-Smith materials on Saturday.)

“A lot of people say, ‘Chris, how come you didn’t do nothing back?’” Rock stated through the particular. “‘Cause I got parents. Because I was raised, OK? You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.”

Parental recommendation be damned, Rock definitely bought again at Smith throughout final night time’s stand-up set by tapping wealthy, tabloid-sustaining headlines and rubbing salt in previous wounds. Since Rock introduced it up, let’s revisit the “entanglement” scandal that impressed one of many most biting punchlines of the night.

While making the case that he didn’t should get clocked by Smith throughout final yr’s Oscars ceremony, Rock quipped that he “didn’t have any entanglements” — a pointed reference to Pinkett Smith’s extramarital relationship with singer August Alsina.

Pinkett Smith’s fling with Alsina made headlines in 2020 when he informed the radio present “The Breakfast Club” that he and the “Girls Trip” actor beforehand dated, with Smith’s “blessing.” Pinkett Smith later clarified on her Facebook Watch present, “Red Table Talk,” that nobody gave her “permission” to see Alsina — explaining that she and her husband have been “separated amicably” when the romance occurred.

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Though Pinkett Smith initially referred to her involvement with Alsina as an “entanglement” (inflicting Twitter to lose its collective thoughts), Smith pushed her to substantiate it was a “relationship, absolutely” whereas becoming a member of his spouse on the Red Table in July 2020.

Pinkett Smith, 51, and Alsina, 30, met at a 2015 music pageant that includes the previous’s youngsters, Willow and Jaden, based on Billboard.

“His wife was f—ing her son’s friend,” Rock stated Saturday.

“Now, I normally would not talk about this s—. But for some reason [they] put that s— on the internet. I have no idea why two talented people would do something that lowdown. … We all been cheated on. Everybody in here’s been cheated on. None of us have ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television. ‘Hey, I was sucking somebody’s d—. How did that make you feel?’”

Rock added that he known as Smith amid the entanglement drama to supply his “condolences” — however the “King Richard” star didn’t reply.

“She hurt him way more than he hurt me, OK?” he continued.

“Everybody in the world called him a b—. … They called his wife a predator. And who does he hit? Me. [Someone] he knows he can beat. That is some b—ass s—.”

Despite Rock’s repeated jabs, it appeared there was no lingering resentment between the Smiths by the point their landmark “Red Table Talk” episode premiered.

“I think it could feel weird for people that we’re laughing and talking about it,” Smith stated on the time. “But … our experiences of working through it, fighting through it, talking through it and therapizing through it — I think that the ‘Why now?’ is weird.”

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“Any relationship and trying to get to deeper understanding of love is going to be forged in fire,” Pinkett Smith stated on the time. “There’s no way around it.”